as is customary in the Casa household, 'twas the weekend before Valentine's Day and all through the house, two little crafters were stirring, creating goodies for their pals. this year, the girls were once again inspired by the available materials which mama dumped all over the table, saying "have at it!" after the oohing and ahhing subsided, we brainstormed until they each came to a decision as to what their individual valentines be. and the winners for 2012 are...
BUBBLES! i picked a bunch of these at target last month and included them in the goody bags at their 7th birthday party. everybody loves bubbles, so i got a few extra packs. my girly came up with an idea for a cute message to go on packaging like these cuties on Prudent Baby. we made her tags in photoshop with a "from" area where she signed her name on each one and then was able to add a few of her favorite stickers. gotta have stickers. a quick fold of the cards and we stapled them in place, ensuring each vial of bubbles would make it to the intended recipient.
on the other side of the table, this was going on...
DIY SCRATCH-OFFS! we made a sheet with 6 cards in photoshop which my girlygirl filled in with different candy heart phrases. i scanned and printed 5 color copies onto cardstock, giving her 30 to work with - 25 for the class, and a few extra to pop in the mail. she was to write each person's name as well as sign her own, which she did prior to adhering the contact paper and applying paint to cover the secret messages - we used this method from Come Together Kids. it was especially cute to see her choose who would receive each message. (heaven forbid so-and-so would get a "be mine" or something like that. "awkward!") once they were dry, she slipped each into a small glassine bag with a penny and sealed 'em with a sticker. yes, again with the stickers.
now i just need to whip up several dozen last-minute beanbags and cupidesque fruit-kebobs in time for tuesday afternoon's class parties. happy day to you + yours! xoxo
p.s. the hub gave me Photoshop Elements for Christmas and although i am just now figuring it out as i go, it is rocking my world with the possibilities. well done, PLC.